Today in Moscow, Russia, W5 held another event, their eighth of the year, headlined by quickly rising, now 70kg fighter Roman Mailov of Ukraine, against Thailand's Armin Pumphanmuang, who has been featured on Thai Fight this year.
Despite the kickboxing ruleset favoring Mailov, who himself comes from a Muay Thai background, Armin was still probably the biggest test of his career to date. It seems that he was at least a tough opponent for Mailov, as the fight went to an extra round. In the extra round, Mailov stopped Armin with a knee to the body and continued his run at 70kg.
This win makes it 14 in a row for Mailov, whose last loss came in October of 2010 all the way back when he was fighting at 63.5kg. Mailov made his move to 70kg this year where he now has eight wins. He's still only 20 years old and one can assume that he's only going to get better. One thing that I think is past an assumption is that his competition is also going to get better. He's faced more international opponents this year like William Diender, Leo Zulic, Vasilis Kakarikos and not to mention Armin Pumphanmuang.
Also on the event was Mailov's teammate, 18 year old prodigy Alim Nabiev who took a decision over Vladimir Shulyak at 70kg. Nabiev has won 6 fights in Russia this year, including against the likes of Alka Matewa and Denis Larchenko. Nabiev only turned 18 last month and for him to already be at this level at his current age is quite amazing for a European fighter.